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Goals 2003-2004

The Faculty of the Counseling Department have set the following goals for  2003-2004 academic year: 
     

Goal 1 - A "Caring Community"

 
We will continue to be a caring community.  We will work to care for each other, the department, our students and the professional community.   We work to incorporate the concept of caring as compromise and understand its difference from consensus.  For the departmental community, we also will to work through any “tension” that might be experienced and not simply rush to agenda items or ignore the issues. 

Relatedly, we agreed departmentally to care for each other in the following ways:

  •    Cut off tangential discussions that occur at faculty meetings
  •    Be aware of the group process and call attention to it as needed
  •    Insure that All meeting agenda items MUST be in on Tuesday to get on the following Wednesday’s agenda.
  •    Celebrate Birthdays and honor each other on our special days!

Our outside the department objectives are:

  •    Welcoming the new president with a letter and a “gathering.”
  •    Reaching out to our site supervisors in a caring way – with a special workshop.
     
     
    We have come to a nice understanding of compromise and that now is more the focus or our discussions versus consensus.  We have tried o deal with our process and work through any tensions that arise, but we have not been successful.  In fact, I think that the process discussions have been more hurtful than productive.  There is never enough time to come to a resolution.
    We have been quite successful in monitoring our off tangential discussions.  We are attending to process.  For the most part agenda items are turned in a timely fashion.  And, thanks to the efforts of Dr. McCarthy we have had many birthday celebrations!

We did invite the new President to our faculty meeting and we had a productive discussion.

We, Drs. Dandeneau, McCarthy, and Fontaine also worked in conjunction with Associate Dean Nardi to have a special workshop for our school counseling supervisors.
 

 Goal 2 - Student Review, Admission, and Scheduling  

 Goal 2a - Student Review 
Last academic year the department implemented a comprehensive student review process. The department has agreed to continue that process for this coming academic year.  The goal for this year is to refine, streamline, and make any necessary improvements to the process, specifically to align it with the University candidacy review process. 
 
 
The completion of student reviews this academic year was not timely, but they were indeed completed.  However, the communication with students was not completed.
 
 
Goal 2b - Admission
Given the workload involved with the admission process, particularly in the summer, the department has requested that Dr. Dandeneau once again explore with the Dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology and other campus constituents, the feasibility of changing the admission deadline/workshops. The basic proposal includes: conducting only one admission workshop in the summer for Monroeville and eliminating the campus workshop; and, moving the dates of the other admission workshops to early in the year

(October and April instead of December and May).  
 
 
 
Dean Butzow has agreed to the departmental recommendation for omitting the summer campus admission workshop.  Dr. Dandeneau is coordinating with the graduate school regarding the changes to be implemented for 2004-2005.

  Goal 2c - Scheduling 
I. There are two scheduling goals for the academic year.  The first focuses on the issue that scheduling of clinical/practicum courses is problematic.  Often students needing courses to graduate are unable to register for them.  The department has resolved to find a resolution for this.  The department will work with the registrar's office to try and "stair-step" scheduling so that the students with the most credits can register first.
 
  There is still no resolution on this issue.  there doesn't appear to be a workable solution.
 
 
  II. The faculty agreed during the summer retreat that the “best” solution was to have year of schedule planned.  So the Fall, Spring and Summer would be scheduled.  Then each semester we would simply plan the next semester.  This would allow us to always have a full year planned in advance for student/advising purposes.
    We have done some work with this, but with the changing and addition of faculty it has been very difficult to have a year's schedule completed.  We have for the most part been a two semesters ahead.

  Goal 3 - Maintain Faculty FTE

 
With the authorization to replace Dr. John Worzbyt. The faculty agreed to formulate a search committee in early September.  Once constituted, the search committee will brainstorm departmental needs and develop a position description that will be taken to faculty for consensus.  Following the “approval” of the position description, a national search will commence.  Preliminary target dates, advertise in Jan-Feb., interview in March/April.  Hire later April.
 
    Dr. Fontaine chaired the faculty search committee (Drs. McCarthy, Guth, and Dandeneau).  All timelines were met and Holly Moore, ABD from Duquesne University was hired in late spring.
  

 Goal 4 - Curriculum

Goal 4a

Several classes, which have been offered under the temporary COUN 681 prefix need to be moved through the University curriculum process to have them institutionalized.  A sub-committee (Drs. Dandeneau, McCarthy, L'Amoreaux, Rishel, Utay and Guth) worked to champion four classes through the curriculum process.  The classes are:  Family Issues in Counseling; Wellness Issues in Counseling; Diagnostic Issues in Counseling; and Human Sexuality Issues in Counseling.   Also, the department will go forward with an additional course proposal for a general purpose course entitled, “Advanced Counseling Theories: ________.” 
 
    All four proposed classes (Family Issues in Counseling; Wellness Issues in Counseling; Diagnostic Issues in Counseling; and Human Sexuality in Counseling) were approved by the University Senate this past Spring.

Drs. Utay and Witchel have completed preliminary work on the advanced theory course.

Goal 5 - In-Service and Professional Development Outreach


Under the leadership of Dr. McCarthy the department will continue to offer workshops (credit and non-credit) designed to facilitate a response to the growing need of counseling professionals for CEU's  and/or credits to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 standards or PA licensure standards.   The immediate goal is to set up a process were by the department can gather the revenue and develop an In-Service account that can be used to build funds so that more “high-priced and high-profile” presenter s can be afforded
 
 
A FOPAL for the in-service training is in the process of being established.  Once established Dr. McCarhty will have full budget authority for this account.  Drs. Dandeneau and McCarthy will be meeting with Dr. Butzow to discuss establishing a Counselor Training Center.
The department continued to offer two workshops; one in the Fall (campus) and the other in the Spring (Monroeville) and added on in January for School counselor.  See Goal 1.  Both of the workshops were highly successful.
 

  Goal 6 - Enhancement of the Monroeville Program 


We will seek to enhance and improve: 1.) the working relationship with the Director of Off-Campus Studies; 2.0the policies with respect to practicum and  internship; and 4.) the departmental interaction/interface with the Monroeville students.  1.)  Joint meetings with Paula Sandusky will continue for the coming academic year.  2.) It was agreed that the instructors for the course this coming Fall would begin to develop a manual for the Monroeville practicum experience and recommend “policy/procedural” issues and bring them to the faculty for discussion and decisions. It was recommended that perhaps a Career Day or a Practicum Fair (and a site manual) be developed to help with the placement of practicum students.  3.) We will once again continue with the mid-year forum.  The new initiatives will be the development of a Monroeville “Student Council” (made of students who meet routinely with Dr. McCarthy) and the assignment of mentors for the new cohort.  The purpose of the Council is to help to insure that Monroeville students have a representative voice at the weekly faculty meetings and the purpose of the mentor program is to help students get connected and help each other – to build community.
 

    1.) Drs. Dandeneau and Witchel have routinely met with Paula Sandusky the Director of Marketing, Recruiting, and Off-Campus Programs of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.  These meetings are productive and help facilitate program operations in Monroeville.

2.) Dr. Rishel led an effort to develop collaborative relationships with local agencies.  Eighty letters were sent to agencies in the area, 12-15 were returned and that data is being compiled.  Additionally, Dr. McCarthy developed and held a Practicum Fair.  He brought in 5 speakers for the Fair and only 5 students showed up.

3.) We did have a mid-year meeting, a forum to hear the issues of the Monroeville students.  Many of the issues presented were addressed.  The Monroeville Council met three times in the Fall and provided feedback to the faculty.  

 Goal 7 - Clinical Space 


The implementation of the digital counselor training facility will proceed this coming year.  The installation of the equipment, wiring, and special playback devices (Landros) will be completed by the end of September 2003 and the facility will be operational.

 With the assistance of Mr. Chris Barber, the center installation was completed.  The completion did not occur until mid-Fall so the facility did not open for operation until Spring 2004.  Dr. Dandeneau has continued to work with IRIS technologies and the President, Jerry Salandro has donated 5 site licenses for the video commander and tow additional Landros -- totaling approximately $22,000.
The Center was operational in Spring 2003 with one section of COUN 617 utilizing the facility and in the Summer 204 both sections of COUN 617 were utilizing the facility.  Drs. Dandeneau and Guth are also engaged in a research project focusing on the facility.


Goal 8 - PDE/NCATE Review

The PDE campus site visit is scheduled for October 20-22.  Faculty availability for this visit will be arranged.

The work of the NCATE committee continues.  Dr. L’Amoreaux will maintain her departmental leadership role in that review process
     

The PDE site visit was conducted and the review was completed.  The program was re-accredited by PDE in the Fall of 2003.
A Graduate Council was formed to help facilitate the work on NCATE at the graduate level.  Drs. L'Amoreaux, Fontaine, and Dandeneau are all members of this council.  Dr. L'Amoreaux has led the faculty group in completing each syllabus standards matrix (all are complete except one course COUN 624).  Also, Dr. L'Amoreaux led the faculty in a summer NCATE session.  At this meeting all summative assignment for each course were selected.  Individual faculty members were then assigned to fully develop the summative assignments and prepare a grading rubric -- all summative assignments are fully developed except fo COUN 624 and COUN 626.  A website was developed for ease of faculty review.  The work products will be discussed at the summer 2004 retreat and final decisions will be made for implementation for Fall 2004.

Drs. Dandeneau and L'Amoreaux have begun work on a portfolio template.  The template will also be presented at the summer retreat.
 

Goal 9 - Advisory Board 

The Advisory Board will become more active in fundraising and will begin planning for the 2006 40th departmental anniversary celebration.
 
    Two Advisory meetings were held -- one in the Fall and one in the Spring.  The focus for the fall meeting was the digital counselor training facility, emerging/contemporary issues in counseling, and planning for Dr. Worzbyt's retirement party.  The spring meeting was our bi-annual Career Day for students -- only 10-12 students attended. 
 

Goal 10 - Middle States Accrediation

In keeping with the University’s accreditation process, the department will work to achieve the goals as set by the Middle States Committees.
 
To date, Middle States has not requested much information for the department.

 

Goal 11 - Faculty Professional Development

The faculty agreed that the last Wednesday of every month will be used for our professional development.  We will explore the possibility of using this training as CEU's for licensure and certification.

We were somewhat successful with this goal.  We recieved four trainings -- Counseling Victims of Trauma; Wellness; Adolescent Depression; and GLBT Adolescents.  Departmental needs and agenda items, unfortunately, took precedent and we did not have as many training sessions as planned.
  

Goal 12 - Expansion of the Monroeville Program to include a School Counseling Masters

The faculty agreed to explore the possibility of delivering the MEd. In School Counseling at the Monroeville location.
 
A variability of delivery curriculum proposal was developed by Drs. Dandeneau and Witchel and submitted to the University-wide Graduate Committee.  The UWGC committee approved the proposal and it will be on the agenda for the first senate meeting for Fall 2004.

Dr. Dandeneau prepared extensive cost analysis of the program. Dr. Association Provost of Research and Dean of the SGSR agreed to provide:

The resources suggested as an SGSR contribution to this program are:

1) Summer non-teaching contract for the M.Ed. School Counseling Monroeville Program Coordinator ($5000)
2) Transfer of funds in the amount of $2609 to be used to compensate a Counseling Department student worker
3) Transfer of funds in the amount of $3000 if the minimum enrollment of 25 students is achieved at the start of the program
4) Transfer of funds in the amount of $500 for two semesters maximum if enrollment remains at 25 or more students
5) Facutly complement for the cohort

We are still in discussions as to whether, we (the department) want to utilize our energy in this manner.  We are aware of the heighten need to enrollment in the College, but are unsure if the expansion is in the best interest of the department or if the "rewards" for the expansion are sufficient.
 

Goal 13 - Program Recognition - Public Relations

The department faculty felt that the quality of the program has routinely been recognized in the College by Dean Butzow, but that the recognition for the enhanced quality has not been championed at the University or state level.  It was decided that the department’s name be submitted in nomination for both the Pennsylvania Counselor Association and the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Outstanding Program award.
 
Dr. McCarty led the effort and he submitted the department’s nomination for the 2003 Outstanding Counselor Education Preparation Program of the Year.  The department was granted the award from the Pennsylvania Counselors Association!!!

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